Convicts slapped with further jail terms

HARARE - Two Harare men who are currently serving 18 and eight and-a-half years respectively for robbery were on Friday slapped with additional 12-year jail terms.

Godwin Mhiripiri and Ideen Moyo were handed the lengthy sentence after they were found guilty of unlawful entry by regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa.

Mupeiwa however, suspended three years on condition of good behaviour and a further three years was set aside on condition the duo restitute the complainant, Paul Vickers Hodgson of $8 238 by November 28 this year.

In passing his sentence on the convicts, Mupeiwa said the offence was serious and a fine or community service would only trivialise the offence and not meet the justice of the case.

“This is quite a serious offence which must be discouraged by this court… A sentence of a fine will not be suitable and community service will not be a deterrent punishment,” he ruled.

The court heard during trial that on the evening of March 17, 2012, Hodgson left his house in the company of his wife, Lee Margaret Hodgson and his children for dinner at Kingsmead.

All the doors were locked and windows closed.

The accused teamed up and proceeded to the house where they forced open the small pedestrian gate and entered the yard before they opened the main door with an unknown object, entering the house.

It is the State’s case that they went to the main bedroom which they ransacked and stole a diamond ring, a nine carat diamond and sapphire ring, one string of pearls and cameras among other valuable items.

They proceeded to another bedroom where they stole a steel cabinet containing $1 000, a shot gun and two Diana 26 rifles with two telescopic lights, a school bag, two Nokia phones among other items.

The accused disappeared from the scene with their bounty and were only arrested on August 28, 2012 after the police received a tip-off.

Comments (2)

at last the they faced the music ,its so painfull when criminals walk free.these criminals robbed me too am happy though my case is still yet to be concluded

tsikayi - 9 September 2013

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Vada - 10 September 2013

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